An adaptation of Bedřich Smetana's opera The Bartered Bride. Set in
19th century Bohemia, the matchmaker Kezal wants to bring the mayor's
daughter Marie and the rich landowner's son Wenzel together. Both of
them, however, have already fallen in love with someone else. The
endearing characters, a whimsical storyline and quiet humor combine with
catchy tunes, a pastoral setting and fluid camera work. A last hurrah in the
wanning days of Weimar cinema, by non-other than Max Ophüls. One of
the early cinematic works of the prolific director, which he made a
year before fleeing Germany after the Reichstagbrand. It probably provided a
welcome distraction for German moviegoers during those turbulant times.
September 30, 2008
Interesting, but a problem
The opera is certainly an interesting view, however the movie is complete at 116 minutes with the mpg1 and mpg4 versions and is partially missing 24 minutes in the mpg2 version. It would be nice to get that fixed.